What are the risks from getting a flu shot?

Over the last 50 years, seasonal flu vaccines have had very good safety track records. Over the years, hundreds of millions of Americans have received seasonal flu vaccines. The most common side effects following flu vaccinations are mild. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) closely monitor for any signs that flu vaccines are causing unexpected adverse events and are working with state and local health officials to investigate any unusual events.

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1. What is seasonal flu?
2. How can I protect myself and my family from the flu?
3. Who should get vaccinated this season?
4. How effective is the flu shot?
5. What are the risks from getting a flu shot?
6. What are the side effects that could occur?
7. Can the flu shot give me the flu?
8. Why do some people not feel well after getting the flu shot?
9. What about people who get a seasonal flu vaccine and still get sick with flu-like symptoms?